Lime - Tilia platyphyllos x cordata = T. x europaea

Alternative names
Common Lime

Large tree to 30 metres, with a wide spreading crown. Buds shiny red-brown with one large and one small scale like a finger and thumb. Leaves almost rounded with a heart shaped base sharply toothed 6 to 10 cm long and 6 to 10 cm wide, with white hair tufts in the underside vein axils. Flowers 8 to 10 mm yellowish-white fragrant 4 to 10 in number, beneath a strap like bract. Flower cymes pendent.

Identification difficulty

Hedgerows and less commonly woodland, but widely planted.

When to see it

June and July.

Life History


UK Status

Quite common throughout most of Britain except the extreme North.

VC55 Status

Very common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 297 of the 617 tetrads.

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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